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NMDA Inspector, Intermediate #1800802S
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Job Description

Requisition Number 1800802S

Classification Title: NMDA Inspector,Inter

Position Job Title: NMDA Inspector,Intermediate - Possible Career Development Opportunity

College/Division: New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Department: 180500-NMDA Pesticide Management Bureau

Position Number: 717468

Internal or External Search: External - Open to all applicants

Appointment Full-time Equivalency: 1.00

Reports To Position Title : NMDA Inspector Supervisor

Target Hourly/Salary Rate: Entry level NMDA Inspector Inter ($36,000) or Associate ($31,000)

Pay Level: 07

Pay Base: Salary

Recruitment Summary

Join our New Mexico Department of Agriculture Pesticide Inspection team as an Inspector, Intermediate in the Roswell, New Mexico area. Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 3 years directly related experience. If you are a great fit for the position but don’t meet the minimum requirements of the intermediate level, you may be hired as an Inspector, Associate with a development plan to advance to the intermediate level. Minimum requirements for the associate level: bachelor’s degree in related field, no previous work experience. Any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services may be used to meet the minimum requirements.

Under the authority provided in the New Mexico Pesticide Control Act, the Pesticide Section focuses on the regulation of pesticide products to ensure proper use, labeling, and registration of the products and applicable licensing for those applying restricted products or owners of commercial businesses applying pesticides for hire. This includes pesticides used in agricultural, industrial, urban or other sites for any pest – insects, disease, rodents, weeds, bacteria, algae, etc. The program also works to ensure applicator, public and environmental protection from the misuse of pesticides. The program works under a cooperative agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency to also enforce the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Components of the agreement work plan include the certification and inspection of licensed applicators, enforcement of violations, pesticide producer establishment inspections, marketplace product label reviews and sampling, verification of compliance with the federal worker protection standard, endangered species label restrictions, and water quality protection requirements. The section is also involved in providing outreach and education about proper pesticide use, safety and compliance to applicators, constituent agencies, community organizations, and the general public.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Pesticide Compliance Inspection staff ensure that pesticide applicators are properly licensed and trained to use registered, Restricted and General Use pesticides in and around the community, by inspecting Commercial Applicators, Public Applicators, Non-Commercial Applicators, Private Applicators, Pesticide Dealers, retail stores, and sites where pesticides have been used. Conduct pesticide misuse investigations.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Required Experience

Three (3) years of experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

Classification Summary

Under moderate supervision performs regulatory inspections and otherwise enforces consumer and producer protection laws and regulations.

Classification Standard Duties

Inspects agricultural and horticultural plants for disease, insects, and other plant pests. Inspects bee colonies for disease; sample feed, seed, and fertilizer for laboratory testing. Inspects pesticide applicators for compliance with the Pesticide Control Act. Performs marketplace inspections of pesticide products. Assists in cooperative spray programs. Assists in applicator training programs. Inspects fruits and vegetables for quality characteristics. Examines weighing and measuring devices for accuracy. Evaluates prepackaged items for correct weight, price, and label information. Inspects eggs for size and quality. Obtains product samples for lab analysis. Instructs and trains others in methods and procedures. Performs related duties as required.


University and Department policies and procedures; livestock and agricultural sector in New Mexico and the United States; state and federal laws and regulations.


Short-range planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation; public contact and relations


Train workers; investigate complaints of alleged violations; understand and interpret policies and procedures; communicate effectively in written and oral form; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct several activities; analyze and evaluate information.

EquivalencyAny equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services.

Preferred Qualifications

Required Certification/License

Special Requirements

State issued vehicle will be assigned, must have and maintain a valid unrestricted driver’s license.

Inspectors work out of home office and vehicle, and travel through an assigned inspection territory. Occasional overnight, out of inspection area and/or out of state travel is required.

Work may involve direct contact or exposure to allergens including but not limited to: bees, peanuts, dust, animal feed, etc

Other Departmental Requirements

Standard Work ScheduleStandard (M-F, 8-5), Shift: Other Shift

If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe

Weekend and after standard hour work may be required.

Physical Work Location StateNM-New Mexico

Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico CH-Chaves

Work Site: Roswell

Contingent Upon FundingContingent upon funding

Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement: This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Tenure TrackNo

Posting Date03/22/2018

Closing Date04/22/2018

Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)

Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants

Attach unofficial transcript for consideration of degree.

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

The performance records retained as part of the NMSU Personnel File of an internal NMSU applicant or former NMSUemployee may be considered by hiring officials as part of the hiring process.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

EnvironmentWork involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements: i.e. extreme temp, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, loud noises, other potentially dangerous materials/situations that require safety precaution/protective equip

Physical Effort: Light physical effort. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.

Lifting Requirements: Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.

Risk: Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you become aware of this position opening?
    • NMSU Website
    • Las Cruces Sun News/El Paso Times
    • Albuquerque Journal
    • New Mexico Department of Labor
    • Other (if other please answer next question)
  2. If you became aware of this posting from another source, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you meet the minimum qualifications for this position? (Student and/or volunteer work does not count towards experience)
    • Yes, I have a Bachelors degree plus 3 years of related experience
    • Yes, I have a Masters degree plus 1 year of related experience
    • Yes, I have a Doctorate degree
    • Yes, I have an Associate degree plus 5 years of related experience
    • Yes, I have 7 years of related experience
    • No, I do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position
  4. If you qualify for this position based on equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training, please describe. Examples include: 4 or more years of experience, Associate's degree in related field + 2 or more years of experience, Master's degree + 0-3 years of experience, etc.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * This position is located within Southeast New Mexico and requires extensive travel. Please confirm you are aware of the location and travel requirement
    • Yes, I understand the position is based in Southeast New Mexico and requires extensive travel.
  6. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate Combined)

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document

Department Contact Information

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position

Department Contact Name; Dyanne Pena

Department Contact Phone: 575-646-3008

Department Contact Email: nmdahr@nmda.nmsu.edu

NMDA Inspector,Intermediate - Possible Career Development Opportunity

New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, NMSU does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, serious medical condition, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, spousal affiliation or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Executive Director, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, P.O. Box 30001, E. 1130 University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88003; 575.646.3635; 575.646.7802 (TTY) equity@nmsu.edu. 

NMSU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity, O’Loughlin House, 1130 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88003; 575.646.3635; 575.646.7802 (TTY) equity@nmsu.edu. (8/2017 version)

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